Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Rand Paul reverses on threat to oppose Trump supreme court pick

Rand Paul reverses on threat to oppose Trump supreme court pick

Senate Republicans are requesting documents from Supreme Court nominee Bret Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House but they're doing it without the support of Democrats who believe more documents should be produced.

July 30, 2018I have expressed my concern over Judge Kavanaugh's record on warrantless bulk collection of data and how that might apply to very important privacy cases before the Supreme Court.

Paul tweeted, "After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have made a decision to support his nomination". As one of the most libertarian-leaning Republican senators, Paul disagreed with Kavanaugh's support for warrantless collection of communications metadata by the U.S. government in the interest of national security.

Paul of Kentucky says he will back Kavanaugh despite misgivings about the judge's views on surveillance and privacy issues.

Paul's initial concerns over Kavanaugh involved the judge's record on privacy. The same poll shows a majority of voters in three other states Trump won with Democratic senators, Alabama, Indiana, and North Dakota, also say the Senate should confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

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Manchin, who is facing a push in West Virginia to support confirmation, did not come out with a position on confirmation after the meeting, instead describing it as "productive".

Although he was initially teetering on the brink of voting to confirm Kavanaugh, Paul had said Kavanaugh "may be a lot better than a Clinton appointee"- in this case, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democrats can sink Trump's nominee if they hold together and convince a single Republican to vote no.

Depending on turnout at the time of the vote, Democrats will likely need all 49 members of their caucus to vote against confirmation and then persuade one or two Republicans to vote against Judge Kavanagaugh as well. "This is a big deal", Paul said in an interview with Politico. Susan Collins, R-Maine or Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, don't pull a surprise 180 and turn on Trump's nominee.

Both senators support abortion rights, and liberal advocacy groups have argued that Kavanaugh's confirmation would undermine Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision.

The appeals court judge offered smiles but no remarks to reporters as he entered Manchin's office and left two hours later - the longest of his meetings to date with senators who will decide whether he gets confirmed to the nine-justice bench.

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